The atheist's are beating their drums hoping to make enough noise and stir up enough attention to make the pledge words “under God” unconstitutional and thus go away forever.
However, as citizens we're free to choose. We're proud of our traditions and our heritage that make us unique among the nations. Our principle of separation of church and state is an excellent example of a tradition that reaches far beyond any small group's sensitivity or trendy whims.
Is the issue here freedom? Is the issue separation? Is the issue truth? Certainly this is an issue of a very small minority's right to choose? Think about it!
School prayer is gone and now a "few individuals" are attempting to alter the daily behavior of tens of millions of children who innocently recite a precious American creed that bonds them to each other and to their national heritage.
This tiny minority boldly asserts that "their dislike" of a two-word phrase respecting a higher power should somehow translate into a self-serving sweeping judgment that will control millions of children and ultimately the entire population of this great nation forever.
These children are too young to even comprehend the principles being discussed or even how to pronounce them. However we adults are all watching very closely to see if a few hairs on the tail, by way of the judicial system, will again wag the dog, known as the American public. Below is a suggestion that includes most of the hairs on the entire dog:
Please read the pledge below and try to think like a typical young person, often rebellious against authority and established traditions, and include many adults with similar critical egocentric perspectives on social and cultural references that are way beyond their own personal bubble.
Let the courts amend the compulsory rule to allow any child, parent, or any citizen who has a problem with any part of the pledge, to omit the disagreeable part(s).
Disagreeable part / Reason to omit
I pledge / My parents say you can’t make me!
Allegiance / Cooperation at best!
To the flag / Depicts 13 old colonies of war and prejudices.
Of the United States / They aren’t all that united. Remember the civil war?
Of America / We want the country’s name changed.
And to the republic / Too political party sounding.
For which it stands / Again the thirteen stripes.
One nation / Then why military bases around the globe?
Under God / My dad's atheis. I’m seven did I spell that right?
Indivisible / We are sooo divided, even on this pledge.
With liberty / I’m forced to go to school and pay high taxes.
And justice / With a good lawyer and a PAC.
For all. / No silly, just for the rich.
Do the expressions "open a cans of worms" or "Pandora’s box" strike a nerve? How about the expression "Let it be". Kids will always be just innocent kids; and it's pathetic to use them to advance an anti-God agenda. More pathetic would be an overwhelming majority of good citizens allowing it to happen. Hopefully with the “support of our elected government” we will continue to protect and defend our sacred traditions and our innocent kids.
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